France: EU and Australia

Presented by the EU Centre at RMIT in conjunction with the Alliance Française de Melbourne.

For 60 years, France has been central to promoting the vision of a peaceful and consolidated Europe, and to its implementation. Now caught up in the European fiscal crisis, France’s role in Europe and in the world has become the subject of considerable debate. How will France, with a new President, respond to this situation? What can Australians and the rest of the world expect from France in the next few years?

This event will explore these issues, led by insights from the French Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Stéphane Romatet, and a number of other speakers. Different perspectives will be presented on the crucial issues which face France, Europe and Australia in the next few years. We look forward to your participation.

Thursday 26 September, 2013
12:00pm - 2:00pm
A light lunch will be served

RMIT City campus,
Council Chamber
RMIT Building 1, level 2R,
124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

His Excellency Stéphane Romatet, Ambassador of France to Australia
Representative from the European Union
Mrs Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, Honorary Consul General of France
Mr Gilbert Ducasse, President Alliance Françaice Melbourne

Dr. Natalie Doyle (EU Centre, Monash)

His Excellency Stéphane Romatet has been the Ambassador of France to Australia since November 2011. He is a Graduate of the Faculty of Law Paris La Sorbonne University, the Political Studies Institute and ENA (National Public Administration School). Prior to becoming Ambassador to Australia, Ambassador Romatet held positions at the Ministry for Defence, the French Embassy in Amman (Jordan), the Foreign Affairs office and the French Embassy in Ottawa (Canada). More recently the Ambassador has held positions at the French Embassy in Dakar (Senegal), and the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA).

Ambassador Romatet will be speaking about the relationship between France and Australia, and current important collaborative projects in the areas of trade, economy, science and technology, education and politics.

Mrs Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie was appointed Honorary Consul-General of France in Melbourne in 2011. After finishing her formal education in Monaco, Paris and New Orleans she worked in investment banking in New York for a subsidiary of Credit Lyonnais, following which she had her own legal practice in Monaco. Since arriving in Australia in 1996, she has been involved in a number of activities including President of the parent association of the French school in Melbourne and member of the Sydney Olympic Committee for Monaco. In 2009, Mrs. Boisbouvier-Wylie was appointed Knight of the French Order of Academic Palms (“Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques”).
Mrs Boisbouvier-Wylie will be speaking about her role as Honorary Consul and a range of French projects in Melbourne.

Mr Gilbert Ducasse has been the President of the Alliance Française de Melbourne since 2009. Born in Mauritius, he studied Law and Arts at Monash University, majoring in Spanish language and literature. A Europhile fluent in French, Spanish and Italian, he has worked as a lawyer for over 20 years and is currently Director Legal and Governance at La Trobe University. Mr Ducasse will be speaking about the role of the Alliance Française in Australia and their activities in Melbourne.

Dr Natalie Doyle is Senior Lecturer in French and European Studies at Monash Univer­sity and Deputy Director of the Monash European and EU Centre. She is interested in contemporary French society and politics, as well as broader European issues, and since 2012 has played an active role in an international project on the history of regional inte­gration in Europe and Latin America.

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